(A Savage Thought) Faith: What Is It And Why Does It Matter

Faith: What Is It And Why Does It Matter

 

Good evening folks, this letter to you tonight is about a matter of thought on the reality of faith or the lack there of. When I used the Google Dictionary to look up the word faith it gave me the following six answers. 1.) Confidence or trust in a person or thing. 2.) Belief that is not based on proof. 3.) Believing in God or in the Doctrines of the Teachings of religion. 4.) Belief in anything as a code of ethics, standards of merit. 5.) A system of religious beliefs. 6.) The obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise or engagement.

 

The first thing that I did when I opened my Bible this evening was to look up the word Faith in the Biblical Encyclopedic Index and the first thing it said was “Confidence in the Testimony of another.” Of course there are many kinds of faith such as trust in a lucky rabbits foot or a horse shoe, or even such things as faith in our money or our job. There is even such things as having total trust (faith) in politicians not to lie to us. You know, a person may have faith (trust) in a lot of things, even that none of our girl friends would ever be so mean as to tell our wife about them. What I am getting at is that we can have faith or trust in many things in our life, but, not all of the things that we choose to have faith in is worthy of that faith.

 

What I am choosing to talk with you about this evening is ‘Religious Faith.’ Tonight there are a few short phrases that I hope you will take the time to consider. Please think about what I am saying to you tonight and please consider your own thoughts on the matter.

 

When it is time for our own death will you or I be able to look an Angel of God in their eyes and say to them

I have fought a good fight

I have finished my course

Lord I have kept Your faith.

 

As Christians we must be living examples of the Doctrine that we profess to be the reel Truth of God. Friends, if we speak it (The Truth) then we MUST walk that Truth everyday that we are being allowed to breathe. The Apostle Paul wrote in what is now the Book of Galatians chapter six verse twenty-five “If we live in The Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” It is real simple, that which we have the most faith in is our own personal “God.” Tonight I will leave you with a simple truthful thought that is the truth for every single one of us. Walk in our faith in our Creator, or die in our sins where we will then die the second death, eternal separation from God.

 

 

(Poem) I Pledged My Soul

I Pledged My Soul

 

Yes, I gave my Soul away

Many years ago now it has been

Buried beneath the waters

Raised to God a new Being

Raised to be more than ever before

 

Buried young but then life takes hold

Sweet ladies with their pretty wiggles

Tequila from Jose’ special Mexican blend

Riches are made with blind eyes and lies

Toot it with Benjamin or smoke to the skies

 

Does it matter what I do with my own life

A life is but a blink and then poof, we are gone

This Rock a battleground for Angels high and low

Pledged my Soul to God, was such a long time ago

Yet, will God accept me with this life I have lived

(A Savage Comment) Worshiping The Devil In Burning To Death A 15 Year Old Girl

Worshiping The Devil In Burning To Death A 15 Year Old Girl

(I FIRST PUBLISHED THIS ARTICLE ON MAY 6th OF 2016)

Today on my CNN News feed I read another disturbing piece of news that is coming to us from Pakistani police and from their Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif. This news is of a ‘so-called’ honor killing that has nothing at all to do with anyone’s honor and everything to do with worshiping and serving the Devil Himself. This story goes like this, a 15 yr of girl helped arrange for her best friend and her boyfriend to elope (get married). This happened in a city called Abbottbad in North West Pakistan where ‘Tribal Councils’ tend to be the ‘real’ authorities, not the police or the military. This 15 member Council called a Jirga ordered the death of this young lady. The report says that 13 of those Council members took part in the murder and those 13 have been arrested with a few others. In this case the police have also arrested the girls Mother because they said she knew in advance what was going to happen and did not tell the police so that made her complicit in the murder. Not mentioned is why the other two members of that Council who also knew were not arrested, why not is my question? The way that these animals chose to murder this young lady is they drugged her, kidnapped her, choked her, chained her to a van and then set the van on fire with her alive inside it. As I said in the title of this article, Devil worshipers. This religion that is called Islam has nothing to do with a ‘God’, it only has to do with these folks being raised in Devil worshiping, the good point about this is that these people do not know what they are doing. I totally believe that way over 90% of these disciples of Satan would drop that religion in a flat second if they only knew the truth about who/what Allah really is.

An American’s Thoughts On India’s New Citizenship Laws (NRC & CAB)

An American’s Thoughts On India’s New Citizenship Laws (NRC & CAB)

 

Yesterday one of my readers asked me to write this article and I told him that I would once I had had a chance to study it more so this is my effort to fulfill that promise to him. As most American’s know there are big issues politically and personally about the immigration policies here in the U.S. concerning our southern border. So, I am going to try to match up the two nations ongoing concerns about this issue.

 

In India the new law called the NRC (National Register of Citizens) law seems to also be called the “anti-Muslim” Law just as in the U.S. the issues are only at our southern border. To me, the difference is that here in the U.S. I feel that the biggest issue is race (anti-Hispanic) while the biggest issue in India is Religion, not race. There is also the real truth that in both cases there are a lot of people, mostly among the poorest of the peoples about the influx of new immigrants taking what little jobs and housing that they are clinging to at this time. New people to your area still need to have human basic needs like food and housing. Truth is that if there are not jobs for these new people then they will still need an income whether it be from taking your job, having to use your nations welfare system thus draining it from the ones currently using it or be placed in the position of beggar’s or thieves. This is an issue that faces every nation when it comes to immigration. This is one of the biggest concerns of the people who live in the northeast of India at this time yet the biggest issue there seems to be the new laws are written for the purpose of being anti Muslim, or anti believers of the Islamic faith.

 

The government of India says the new law is in part meant to weed out infiltrators or illegal’s from within their nation. The law is designed to be favorable toward six religions that are persecuted in the Islamic nations that are northeastern neighbors of India, nations like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. India’s government is said to be trying to give these persecuted people of these countries a safe place to live, meaning India while at the same time weeding out illegal infiltrators whom seem to be mostly Muslims or in reality, believers of Islam. One of the issues that is going to have to be resolved is if the Indian Constitution allows such curbs on a section of people based on a religious faith. The population of India is about 1.4 billion people with about 180 million of those being believers of Islam. The government is loosely using the reason why these new laws are legal is the fact that Islamic nations do discriminate against all faiths that are not Islamic even to the dividing point of if people are Sunni or Shiite. Being that these Islamic nations do discriminate and persecute against other faiths like the Hindu’s, Parsi’s, Sikhs, Buddhist, Jain’s and Christians that India is simply trying to give them a safe place to live. Concerning the Indian population of Islamic believers it seems to me the government is saying that if their Islamic citizens don’t like the new laws they can move to an Islamic nation. To me, it seems that just like here in the States with the discrimination against Hispanic people whether it is Constitutionally legal if India is going to have to go through the  process to discover if it is legal in India to do the same to a group of people based on religion.

 

 

Book Of Revelation Chapter #11

Revelation Chapter #11

 

Here in chapter #11 we are going to be talking about the projected time frame from the closing of the Great Tribulation Period. In the first 14 verses of the 19 in this chapter we are still in the interlude between the 6th and the 7th Trumpet. Within the last 5 verses we will have a discussion about the 7th Trumpet. In the beginning of chapter #10 I wrote to you of the 3 Personalities that would be made known to us during this time frame. In chapter #10 we were informed of the ‘Mighty Angel’ who had the ‘Little Book’ in His hand. This is the Angel who had planted one foot in the Sea and the other on the Land. This ‘Mighty Angel’ then claimed all of Creation for their Creator. In these first 14 verses of chapter 11 we are informed of the “Two Witnesses”. Now folks, if you would please stay with me as I put a light onto these two Witnesses and upon this very important chapter.

 

Verse #1.) “And there was given to me (the Apostle John) a reed like unto a rod: and the Angel (the Mighty Angel from chapter 10) stood, saying, rise and measure the Temple of God and the Alter and them that worship therein.” “But the Court that is outside the Temple leave out and do not measure it. For it is given unto the Gentiles (non-Jews): They (Gentiles) shall tread under foot the Holy City for forty and two months.” “And I will give power unto My Two Witnesses and they shall Prophesy (Preach) one thousand and two hundred and sixty days (three and one half years, or 42 months) clothed in sackcloth.” “These are the two Olive Trees and the Two Candlesticks standing before the God of the Earth.” “And if any man will hurt them, fire will come forth out of their mouth and devour their enemies. If and man will try to hurt them,  they will in this manner be killed.” “These (two men) will have the power to shut Heaven so that it will not rain in the days of their Prophesy. And they will have the power over the waters to turn them to blood and to smite the Earth with all plagues, as often as they wish.” “And when they have finished their testimony, the Beast (Devil) that ascends out of the Bottomless Pit shall make war against them and shall overcome them and kill them.” “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city (Jerusalem) which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” “And the people of all the kindred’s and tongues and Nations shall see their dead bodies three and one half days and shall not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.” “And they that dwell upon the Earth shall rejoice over them (their dead bodies) and make merry and shall send gifts one to another; because these two Prophets had tormented them that dwell on the Earth.” “And after three and a half days the Spirit of Life from God shall enter into them and they shall stand upon their feet and great fear shall fall upon them that see them.” “And they shall hear a Great Voice from Heaven saying unto them (the two Witnesses) come up hither. And they shall ascend up to Heaven in a cloud and their enemies shall see them.” “And in the same hour there shall be a great earthquake and a tenth part of the city shall fall. And in the earthquake seven thousand men shall be slain. And the rest shall be frightened and they shall give glory to the God of Heaven.” “The Second Woe is past and behold the Third Woe shall come quickly.”

 

Verse 15.) “And the Seventh Angel sounded (His Trumpet) and there were great Voices in Heaven, saying, the Kingdom’s of this world are become the Kingdom’s of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever over them.” “And the four and twenty Elders which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces and worshiped God.” “Saying, we give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which is and was and are to come. Because You have taken to Thee Thy great power and hast reigned.” “And the Nations were angry and thy (God’s) wrath is come. And the time of the dead that they should be judged. And that You (God) will give reward unto Your Servants the Prophets and to the Saints and to them that fear Thy Name, small and great and You will destroy them which destroy the Earth.” (Last verse #19) “And the Temple of God was opened in Heaven and there shall be seen in His Temple the Ark of His Testament. And there were lightnings and voices and thundering and an earthquake and great hail.”

 

Folks the Books of Enoch and the Book of Nicodemus, both of which were not Canonized, do give the information as to whom these Two Witnesses are. Think about it for a moment, who are the only two men within Scripture who were “Called Up” to God and did not die a physical death upon the Earth? Even our Lord Jesus (Yeshua) had to suffer a physical death. The answer is really quite simple, Enoch and Elijah! I write this now to all of you, friend of God and Foe, to all who love God and to all who hate Him and His Christ, consider your ways. For the breath of a man is but the blink of the eye and Christ’s Judgement Seat awaits everyone of us. The days of our time is short and eternity is being weighed in the balance for each of us, so friends, please, consider your ways!

 

 

Jarrid Wilson, megachurch pastor, dead by suicide at 30

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK POST)

 

Jarrid Wilson, megachurch pastor, dead by suicide at 30

A California megachurch pastor who spoke openly about his battle with depression died by suicide Monday night, church officials said.

Jarrid Wilson, 30, was a pastor with the Harvest Christian Fellowship Church in Riverside, where he gave impassioned sermons on mental health issues, according to church officials.

“Jarrid also repeatedly dealt with depression and was very open about his ongoing struggles,” senior pastor Greg Laurie wrote Tuesday on the church’s blog. “He wanted to especially help those who were dealing with suicidal thoughts. Tragically, Jarrid took his own life.”

The circumstances surrounding his apparent suicide were not immediately released.

Hours before his death, Wilson took to social media about mental health struggles.

“Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts,” Wilson tweeted on Monday. “Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure depression.”

Wilson joined the church in early 2018 and founded an outreach program called Anthem of Hope to help people dealing with depression.

“Sometimes people may think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people,” Laurie wrote. “We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we do not.”

Wilson — who authored several books including “Jesus Swagger” — is survived by his wife, Juli, and their two sons.

“My loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious, give the shirt [off] his back husband went to be with Jesus late last night,” Juli posted on Instagram Tuesday. “Suicide doesn’t get the last word. I won’t let it. You always said ‘Hope Gets the last word. Jesus gets the last word.’”

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The most religious countries in the world

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TRIVIA GENIUS)

 

The most religious countries in the world

Trends in in the Western world have show a decline in religiosity for quite some time now. While some may foresee a growing rise of secularism across the globe, these trends are not reflected in many parts of the developing world. More than 55 countries across Asia and Africa report over 90% of their populations identifying as religious. Of these nations, some tend towards religious homogeneity, whereas others are a mixed bag of diverse religious beliefs. Gauging religiosity can be complicated both by the method of investigation and the legal and social restrictions of a population. Because of this, it’s necessary to take several different approaches to measuring religiosity within a population.

Countries with 97% religious populations

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The most straightforward measure of religiosity is simply to ask populations if they identify as religious. By this measure, the third tier of super-majority religious populations is peppered across Asia and Africa. Of the countries reporting 97% religiosity, four are majority Muslim, comprising Afghanistan, Comoros, Egypt, and Morocco. Thailand, Myanmar and Laos are majority Buddhist nations, though Myanmar has no state religion.

Countries with 98% religious populations

All of the second-ranking nations by self-identifying religious practitioners are in North Africa. Of these countries, Burundi is the only majority (86%) Christian nation. Djibouti, Mauritania and Somalia also report 98% religiosity with majority Muslim populations. Mauritania reports a nearly 100% Muslim population, though religious freedom has been criticized there and may influence self-reports.

Countries with 99% religious populations

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Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Malawi, Niger, and Sri Lanka are the world’s most religious countries by self-identification with 99% of the population self-identifying as religious. Niger, Indonesia, and Bangladesh have super-majorities of Muslims with large celebrations and displays of their faith. Malawi and Ethiopia show majority Christian populations with a notable presence of Muslims. Finally, in Sri Lanka, Buddhism is the major religion, though it shows the most diversity among faiths in the top tier of religiosity, including adherents of Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam.

Most devout populations

Identifying as religious doesn’t necessarily equate to the devotion of adherents. Whereas religious identity is most predominant in the above listed societies, it can be separately measured as to how religious the participants in a study identify themselves. By this measure, the citizens of Israel identify most strongly with their religious identity (Jewish) among all world populations. This figure is followed closely by Muslims in Saudi Arabia and then Iran.

Largest religious populations

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The United States houses the largest number of Christians by a population of over 229 million. With 245 million followers, Indonesia has the largest number of Muslims. India is the homeland and capital of Hinduism with 957 million, and China houses the largest number of Buddhists. Finally, Israel has the largest number of Jewish citizens in the world at 6 million.

Largest religions

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Measuring by ratio and devotion is a separate measure from the size of a faith. Islam takes many of the top spots, but it is not yet the world’s most widely-practiced religion. Christianity still holds the lead in terms of followers by a substantial spread as the world’s most widely practiced religion ahead of Islam. Of the entire human population, 33% are Christian and 24.1% are Muslim. The third largest group of spiritual identity is “unaffiliated,” comprising atheists, agnostics, and the irreligious.

World’s least religious

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Sweden is among the most secular countries in the world with only 8% of Swedes regularly attending religious service, and only one in three weddings is performed by the Church of Sweden.

5 Beautiful Temples to Visit in China

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5 Beautiful Temples to Visit in China

China is one of the world’s most innovative and progressive countries, yet step away from the modernity and you’ll discover a country that maintains a firm grip on its ancient cultures and spirituality. There’s hundreds of fascinating temples and shrines scattered across this great land that offer a glimpse into the centuries-old philosophies of Buddhism and Taoism. To see them all could take a lifetime, so we’ve chosen five of the most beautiful to get you started.

Dafo Temple, Gansu Province

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Constructed during the Western Xia dynasty, this 2nd-century temple is one of the last-surviving wooden landmarks from the era located in China. It’s often called the “Great Buddha Temple”, a reference to the 115-foot-long sleeping Buddha that greets you in the main hall. Sculptures of arhats, who are Buddhists that have gained enlightenment, surround the giant statue, as do murals of classic Chinese stories such as Journey to the West and Classic of Mountain and Seas. Legend states that a Yuan Dynasty queen lived there and gave birth to the Mongolian warrior Kublai Khan.

Hanging Temple (Xuankong Si), Shanxi Province

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Little can prepare you for your first sight of this series of pagodas set precariously on a cliff face at the base of Mount Heng. Time Magazine included the temple in its list of Top 10 Precarious Buildings, and it is easy to see why when studying the interconnecting walkways and long supporting stilts, which are embedded into the rocks. Despite giving the impression that it will fall at any moment, the temple has stood firm for 1,400 years. Even more impressive when it is said the foundations were laid by a solitary monk. In addition to its magnificent structure, the temple is the only place in China where Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism are all practiced.

Labrang Monastery, Gansu Province

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Established in 1709, Labrang Monastery plays host to the largest group of monks outside of Tibet and, at one point, provided residence for up to 4,000 of them. A great way to experience its serene beauty is to follow the inner kora, a 2.2-mile pathway of prayer wheels that pass numerous chapels and temple halls. Guided tours provide access to some halls and the chance to observe the monks’ activities first hand. Get here at sunrise to see the monks praying, or come at dusk to hear them chanting sutras.

Longmen Cave Temples, Henan Province

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On an almost 1-mile long stretch of the Yi River waterfront is a collection of 2,300 caves that have existed since around 493 A.D. Each cave is etched into limestone cliffs and features some of the finest known examples of art from the Northern Wei and Tang dynasties. There’s over 110,000 statues and 60 Buddhist pagodas. Among the most striking statues are the huge Buddhas in the Guyangdong Cave and Three Binyang Cave. Such is the value of the caves that they have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Temple of Heaven, Beijing

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In the heart of Beijing is a masterpiece of Chinese architecture that dates back to 1406. The main temple, the triple-tier circular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, stands magnificently on a square marble base. This square-round contrast stems from the ancient Chinese belief of a round heaven and square Earth. The four inner, 12 middle, and 12 outer columns of the hall’s brightly-colored interior symbolize the four seasons, 12 months, and 12 Chinese zodiac hours. Landscaped gardens and pine woods encompass the temple and the entire complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

China: US urged to stop using religious issues to interfere in China’s internal affairs

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US urged to stop using religious issues to interfere in China’s internal affairs

Xinhua

China on Thursday slashed US President Donald Trump’s meeting with so-called “Chinese victims of religious persecution,” urging the US side to stop using religious issues to interfere in its internal affairs.

“It is sheer interference in China’s domestic affairs for the US side to invite Falun Gong cultists and those who slander China’s religious policies to attend a so-called religious conference and arrange for the meeting with the US leader,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said at a press briefing when asked to comment on the meeting at the White House Wednesday.

“China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes such a move,” Lu said.

He said the situation of so-called religious persecution does not exist in China and Chinese citizens enjoy the freedom of religious belief in accordance with the law.

“We demand that the United States correctly view China’s religious policies and the status of religious freedom in China, and stop using the issue of religion to interfere in other countries’ domestic affairs,” Lu said.

India: On World Population Day, Giriraj demands 2 child norm, links it to religion

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE HINDUSTAN TIMES OF INDIA)

 

On World Population Day, Giriraj demands 2 child norm, links it to religion

The Begusarai BJP MP said that there should be a rule of having only two children in the country for every religion and those who violated it, should be debarred from the right to vote.

INDIA Updated: Jul 11, 2019 17:33 IST

Vijay Swaroop
Vijay Swaroop
Hindustan Times, Patna
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Union Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Giriraj Singh, initially posted his comments on population explosion on social media and later spoke to the media.(HT FILE PHOTO.)

Union minister Giriraj Singh, known for his controversial statements, has linked the rising population of the country with religion. On World Population Day, on Thursday, Singh initially tweeted his views and later told the media that population explosion was disturbing the social harmony and balance of the country.

The Begusarai BJP MP said that there should be a rule of having only two children in the country for every religion and those who violated it, should be debarred from the right to vote.

The minister, without naming any community, said that the rising population was posing threats to resources and harmony. “It’s ruining the economy,” he said.

Singh’s tweet in Hindi said, “Population explosion in India is disturbing social harmony and balance. Religious interference is also a reason related to population control. Like in 1947, India is heading towards division on the basis of culture. Every political party should come forward to make laws regarding population control.”

He requested all parties to mull over the issue seriously. “A strict law should be made to control the population. There is a need to raise the issue in Parliament,” he said.

Singh, three years ago, had demanded laws for sterilization in the country.

The firebrand BJP leader has always been in the news for the wrong reasons. During the parliamentary elections, he had demanded a ban on green flags, which he said, “tend to create hatred in the society and gives one a feeling of being in Pakistan.” This had caused huge embarrassment to BJP’s alliance partner, JD(U), as both JD(U) and the main opposition party, RJD, have green flags.

If that was not enough, he triggered another row during the Lok Sabha polls when during an election meeting he said, “Muslims will have to say Vande Mataram if they need three yards of land for a graveyard.” A comment that had angered key ally JD(U) which in turn asked the Election Commission (EC) to take cognizance of his comments.

Singh has been known for his controversial remarks in the past too. Only last year, he had embarrassed the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar, when he demanded renaming Bakhtiarpur town, where Nitish Kumar was born. The minister also wanted the name of Akbarpur in his current Lok Sabha constituency of Nawada changed, saying it was named after Mughal emperor Akbar.

Singh’s latest comments on population found support from NDA MLAs in Bihar. “For the sake of the country, we need to control population, irrespective of religion. If not controlled today, it is bound to create food and water scarcity in the country,” said JD (U) MLA, Lallan Paswan. BJP’s MLA Sachindra Kumar, too, supported the union minister’s demand for population control.

The opposition, however, snubbed the demand. “This shows the narrow-mindedness of the union minister,” said RJD’s MLA, Bhola Yadav. Congress MLC Premchandra Mishra wondered how one can seize anybody’s voting rights. “He is in the habit of saying weird things,” Mishra said.

First Published: Jul 11, 2019 17:19 IST